UPLIFT graphic - for adults with epilepsy and depression or anxiety

“Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favourable Thoughts” (UPLIFT) is a mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy program that improves depression, anxiety, and overall psychological quality of life.

We run groups for adults with epilepsy and groups for parents or guardians of people with epilepsy.

Groups of 5-8 participants meet by teleconference for an hour once a week for 8 weeks. The group is co-facilitated by a mental-health professional and a person with lived experience.

The sessions review different ways living with epilepsy can affect mental health and teaches valuable coping strategies. Some topics include coping and relaxing, monitoring thoughts, and preventing future low moods.

A pilot project found that UPLIFT participants had improved depression, anxiety, and psychological quality of life – even a full year after they finished the program.

We have new groups starting every 2-3 months.

Contact us to find out more about the program or to sign up below.

Participants must

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be struggling with depression or anxiety.
  • AND EITHER have epilepsy, seizures, or a seizure disorder
  • OR be a parent or guardian of someone with epilepsy, seizures, or a seizure disorder

Priority will be given to those in Ottawa, Lanark County, Renfrew County, Prescott-Russell County, and Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Counties.

Space is limited, sign up today.



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    All fields are required

    UPLIFT is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Ottawa Community Foundation.